Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
2 Aug 2017
Key date shift for 2017 Breede
Robertson – The organisers of the annual Breede River Canoe
Marathon have shifted the dates of the 2017 race to the weekend
after the ICF World Marathon Championships in Pietermaritzburg,
hoping to lure some international stars to extend their stay in
South Africa to take on the two day classic through the Cape
Normally on the first weekend in September, the 2017 edition of
the 71km race will now be staged on the weekend of 16 and 17
Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg will be the venue for the
much-anticipated ICF Canoe Marathon World Champs from 7 to 10
September, the venue which is also the start of the FNB Dusi
Canoe Marathon in February each year.
This has piqued the interest in the colourful calendar of major
multi-day South African river marathons amongst many international marathoners,
some of whom are planning to head to the Western Cape after the
conclusion of the World Champs to take on the challenge of the
famous Breede Marathon.
The race is skewed heavily in favour of K2s, or doubles, with
the generally wide and flat nature of the Breede river lending itself
to marathon racing in K2 and even K3 craft.
Local paddlers have shown a willingness to help international
paddlers by assisting with river-ready K2 craft with overstern
rudders best suited to racing the Breede, as the flatwater
marathon K2 craft are all fitted with understern rudders.
Race organisers are optimistic that the forecast for late winter
and spring rains will help ease the drought-ravaged region into
paddler-friendly conditions come mid-September.
Entries for the event have already opened online at the race
website, and normal entries can be lodged until midnight non
Tuesday 5 September.
The first stage consists of 37km from outside Robertson to
Riggton Farm near Bonnievale, which includes technical tests at
the Goudmyn sliding weir and low level bridges and Secunda weir.
The final stage is 33,5km to the Kam’bati Resort outside
Breede river Canoe Marathon 2017
Stage One -
Saturday 16 September
Robertson (McGregor Bridge) to Bonnievale (Riggton River Farm)
Stage Two -
Sunday 17 September
Distance : 33,5km
Bonnievale (Riggton River Farm) to Kam'bati River Resort
The finish will be at Kam'bati River Resort near Swellendam.
Prizegiving will start before 14h00
The 2017 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place from Robertson to Swellendam on
16 and 17 September. More
information can be found at
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Canoe Marathon - Horizontal on white (JPeg)
Organisers of the
annual Breede River Canoe Marathon will stage the 2017 race on
the weekend after the ICF World Marathon Championships in
Pietermaritzburg, hoping to lure international paddlers to the
The Breede River Canoe
Marathon has a few challenging obstacles, like the Secunda weir
on the first stage of the race.
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